How to volunteer to help a child - click here.
Statewide Resources -
for Independent Living - Map of U.S. leads to a listing of Centers for
Independent Living by state.
Job Opportunities -
Find K-12 Info -
Introduction to The Children with Special Needs Fund -
Click on the logo to learn about
Michigan's R.E.A.D.Y. (Read, Educate, and Develop Youth) Program.
The Early Hearing Detection and
Intervention program EHDI has assessment sites all over the state of
Click here (PDF) to find your local site.
Crisis Prevention Institute
- click here.
Reading & Literacy Help for Children - click here.
Find the Family Literacy Program in
your County -
Find more Michigan information -
Homework Help & Resources -
Reading & Literacy Help for Adults - click here.
Find your local WIC office for information on nutrition and health support for women, infants, and children - click here.
Local Public Health
Office of Special Education & Early Intervention Services (OSE-EIS)
Advocacy Organizations for Children with Disabilities - click here.
Find a support group to meet your specific needs - click here.
For the substance abuse
treatment facility nearest you,
For the mental health treatment center nearest you, click here.
& Families works to reduce the number of uninsured children and adults
who are eligible for public health care coverage programs but not
enrolled. To find low-cost and free health care for children call
Are You Eligible?
State Benefit Programs
Federal Benefit Programs
Parents as Teachers
(PAT) is an international early childhood parent education and family
support program serving families throughout pregnancy until their child
Find a mentor for
For more information about Project
Great Start, contact your Intermediate School District (ISD). See the
listings below for your local ISD or 888 Be A Hero contact or visit http://www.migreatparents.org for more resources.
Local Early On Coordinator
Early On is a program for children birth to age 3 who have a disability or developmental delay, or a health condition that might lead to a developmental delay.
Local ISD, RESD, or RESA
Intermediate School District (ISD),
Regional Educational Service District (RESD) or Regional Educational
Service Agency (RESA) - What is an ISD?
Local Project Find Coordinator
Project Find is the "child find"
program of Michigan's special education system and helps children with
disabilities from birth to age 26 get the services and help they need.
to learn more.
your local Head Start
- Head Start is a national program which provides comprehensive
developmental services for America's low-income, pre-school children (ages
three to five) and social services for their families. Specific services
for children focus on education, socio-emotional development, physical and
mental health, and nutrition.
Childcare in Your Community
Association For Child Development:
Michigan Association for Child Care Providers:
Michigan Community Coordinated Child Care Network (4C):
Local United Way Programs -
United Way funds programs and agencies that support
families, children and communities. Find help available in your community
through United Way.
Things to do and places to see with a child
Michigan Creative After-School
Experiences (MiCASE) -
a listing by community of arts agencies, museums, zoos, science
centers, orchestras, libraries, nature centers and theaters that offer
after-school programming for kids.
Things to do and
places to see in Michigan: Choose your location to search for attractions,
events and more - click
Places to visit with kids in Michigan -
Michigan Zoos and Planetariums by city with links -
Find cultural events
put on by Michigan humanities and arts organizations,
Resources specific to this county
First Call of Ottawa County is now part of the 2-1-1 system. Call
2-1-1 for information and referrals in Ottawa County.
ARC: Advocacy & Resource Center
The ARC is committed to providing service, community education, and
advocacy to ensure that persons with disabilities have the opportunity to
develop their full potential and lead lives of dignity and purpose.
665 136th Ave. #90
Holland, MI 49424
Phone: (616) 738-8570
Fax: (616) 738-9340
Michigan Disability Resources Database (MDRD) - Find local information on disabilities, education, support groups, organizations, transportation, emergency services, etc., by zip code, address, disability, service, or county.
Michigan Assistance and Referral Service (MARS) - This system allows you to find programs offered by the State of Michigan that help families in need with their medical, nutritional, food, day care or other expenses.
Child Development Services of Ottawa County, Inc.
Home-based head start, early head start, child care center
77 W. 11th St.
Holland, MI 49423
DeVos Children’s Hospital Foundation
100 Michigan St. NE-MC178
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Contact: Lisa Blystra (616) 399-5184
Project: Funds will support increased accessibility of car seats and
education. This program will intentionally serve clients in outlying
clinics and hospitals, low-income day care centers and migrant
Ottawa Area Intermediate School
13565 Port Sheldon Rd.
Holland, MI 49484
Contact: Christine Baker, (877) 702-8600 x4066
Project: Ready for Success aims to increase the capacity and availability
of Parents As Teachers in the Ottawa area public schools. The program
seeks to improve the skills of parenting adults to identify or prevent
developmental delays, promote healthy attachment, and maximize cognitive
growth; and to provide technical assistance to hire, train, and support
Parents As Teachers staff as well as recruit families, implement and
evaluate the program in local districts.
Boys & Girls Club of Greater Holland
435 Van Raalte Ave.
Holland, MI 49423
Phone: (616) 392-4102
Contact Person: Brian Manderfield
Project: Services will be expanded to serve more youth and families in the
areas of Character and Leadership Development, Education, Health and Life
Skills, The Arts, and Sports Fitness and Recreation.
Center for Women in Transition
304 Garden Avenue
Phone: (616) 355-9752
Contact Person: Teresa Schraudt
Project: The “People, Problems, and Protection” program provides
self-protection and safety skills to children in homeless and battered